A crosscurrent is developing among craft beer consumers: a demand for simpler more refreshing beers that increasingly complement a healthier lifestyle.
As the growth of craft beer as a category has tapered off, some observers have lamented that frewer craft brewers seem to truly innovate, with many now following trends.
Learn how Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson estimates the number of breweries in planning and what that number really looks like today. Read More
With the 2019 diversity data now available, anyone scanning it will conclude there is work to be done, and we as a craft beer community can do better.Read More
As part of the recent human resources and salary benchmarking completed by the BA, we also completed our first benchmark of brewery owner and employee diversity, including both gender and race/ethnicity. Read More
The craft brewing industry has reached a new level of competitiveness, with increasing competition within craft and more than two brewery openings per day.
Brewpubs were up nearly 15 percent in 2016, and this strong performance is welcome news since the segment is at the very heart of the craft beer industry.
Microbreweries are now the primary engine in craft growth. Seventy-eight percent of craft beer growth in 2016 came from breweries that sold fewer than 15,000 barrels.
Craft beer volume grew 6 percent last year, but those gains weren’t spread around evenly. Fifteen of the top 25 craft breweries saw their volumes drop over 2015.
The rise in craft beer has, for the most part, masked the slow deterioration of what is still the largest segment of the U.S. beer business.